Teen with cancer to be cop for a day

SANTA FE, NM (KRQE) – It’s a big day for a young boy who has been fighting the battle of a lifetime. Thursday, his dream of becoming a police officer will come true.

Jordyn Evans, 13, has endured chemo and radiation treatments to fight cancer. Yet, Thursday, he’s taking on a different challenge, the work of a Santa Fe police officer.

“We’re actually going to swear him in and do a little ceremony to make him an official cop for the day,” says Santa Fe Police Lt. Andrea Dobyns.

Dobyns says Jordyn’s mom contacted them to help her fulfill her son’s dream of becoming a police officer. She says they’ve never had a request like this. Dobyns says that’s one reason why the department has come together to make Jordyn’s dream a reality.

“When you’ve had a young boy who has gone through so much, it means a lot that we’ve been able to give back in this way. You know, if we can make his dream come true for one day you know that’s all we can ask,” explains Dobyns.

It will be a full day for the teen and kicks off with an honorary police swearing-in ceremony at 9 a.m. So what else is in store for Evans?

“He’s going to be able to see the SWAT team, go out with them in a mock call, he’s going to go out and drive on the track with one of our driving instructors, he’s get to do a crime scene play with the bomb robot,” says Dobyns.

Right now, Jordyn is in remission but is being closely monitored at UNM. He has upcoming routine MRI’s and a few more surgeries, one of which is reconstruction surgery on his nose. That’s where the cancer was initially found.

The form of cancer Evans has is the most common soft tissue tumor in kids, according to the National Institute of Health. However, the institute says it’s a rare tumor with only several hundred new cases a year in the U.S.

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